Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua: “Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand” (The Torah, Exodus, “BeShalach,” 17:8 – 17:9).
Amalek is our innermost and most egoistic desire and the ideological enemy on the way to spirituality. The war spoken about in the Torah is the inner war, which is in order to unite more strongly, to discover within us more egoistic desires, including Amalek, to rise above them, and to win. In order to compete against it, we need “the elders.” This means the most corrected attributes in a person. Described here are many attributes and through their help, we go out to battle against egoism. It really appears to us as the enemy, as we see it as additional “against us,” both internally and externally.
Until a person detaches himself from his inner ego, he doesn’t feel this resistance, this hostility, this hatred towards his nature. He doesn’t feel that this nature also comes from the Creator, that the Creator purposely reveals these attributes within him (after all, “there is none else besides Him”) in order to help him to again and again ask the upper force to correct him, to transcend and help him to use all his previous egotistic desires correctly in bestowal and love.
This is because a person has no attribute of “bestowal.” The attribute of bestowal is the Creator, and the person has only the attribute of “reception.” Thus, “to receive for the sake of bestowal” (the use of the ego for bestowal) is a very difficult war with Amalek.
If all the other previous wars for correction were created in order to rise above our ego to escape from Egypt, to exit different kinds of problems, to rise above them, then now, there is no need to rise, but to fight with the ego face to face.
We are not fighting Pharaoh but simply running away from him as it’s impossible to do anything with him. Amalek is the same Pharaoh, just in another, more inner form, from which it is impossible to escape. We must face it in this way, meaning in order to tilt it towards our benefit and win so that we commit it to work for the sake of bestowal.
The main thing is that it’s impossible to beat Amalek. So it’s said that the war with Amalek continues until the last moment of correction, and no one is able to beat him alone. The Creator leaves Amalek for “dessert,” for the very last breakthrough when man finally beats it with the help of the upper force. And then all the egoism of a person changes to “for the sake of bestowal.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/4/13